8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
by Leslie Ayvazian
January 28 - February 13, 2011
Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm
and Sunday at 1 pm.
Additional Sundays at 5:30 pm on February 6 & 13.
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez*
Scenic Designer: Clint Hooper*
Lighting Designer: Ricky J. Martinez*
Sound Designer: Ozzie Quintana
Costume Designer: K. Blair Brown
Production Stage Manager: Vanessa L. Thompson*
Assistant Stage Managers:
Damaris Cruz, Jonathan Bulgini
Literary Manager: Steven A. Chambers
Box Office & House Manager: Juan Sanchez
Photography and Program Design: Eileen Suarez*
Photography (lobby display): Dr. Norman Gorback
Poster & Postcard Design: Ruben Diaz
* members of Actors' Equity Association
"The show involves the audience as well. There are thirty-four people involved... and though it's a risky gimmick... it works!" - NY Times.
"HIGH DIVE is well worth the plunge. This brief and light-hearted look at Ayvazian's misadventures... is an engaging and often hilarious show from beginning to end." - NY Daily News
Atop a high dive, a woman terrified of heights chronicles her comic misadventures of past vacations, while her son and a cast of 34 goad her to take the plunge. High Dive is a light comedy starring five-time Carbonell nominated actress, Barbara Sloan, where ½ hour before the performance begins she casts the show's supporting role (one-liners) from audience members who are willing to participate.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Leslie Ayvazian (playwright) After graduating from the University of Vermont with a BA in Theatre Arts, Leslie Ayvazian joined VISTA and established a drama program at the Southside Settlement House in Columbus, Ohio. Leslie wrote FOOTLIGHTS in 1982 and performed this one-woman show at the Westside Arts Theatre and the Vineyard Theatre in NYC. During her 1986 pregnancy, she collaborated with four other actresses and the Roche Sisters to create the show MAMA DRAMA, which opened in New York City at the Ensemble Studio Theatre before a run at the Cleveland Playhouse. Other collaborations include writing a cabaret show for Maureen McGovern and writing a film for HBO, Emma in Concert, with playwright Richard Greenberg. In 1996, Ms. Ayvazian wrote NINE ARMENIANS, which won the 1996-1997 John Gassner Outer Critics Award for Best New Play, the Roger L. Stevens Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (2nd place), Columbia University's Anahid Literary Award, and a New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant. NINE ARMENIANS was chosen for the anthology Best Plays by Women in 1996. It has been produced by professional and amateur companies around the country. Ms. Ayvazian's next play, SINGER'S BOY, premiered at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in 1998. Leslie has also written five one-act plays: PRACTICE; PLAN DAY; DEAF DAY, a one-woman show written for deaf actress Kaitlynn Kenny; TWENTY-FOUR YEARS and, most recently, HI THERE, MR. MACHINE. Each of these plays was produced in a Spring Marathon at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and published by the Dramatists' Play Service. Leslie wrote the short film Every Three Minutes for Showtime in 2003. It was awarded the Telly Award for excellence. Her 1999 play HIGH DIVE, has been produced in New York City and at various regional theatres. LOVELY DAY - written in 2002 - was produced in NYC in early 2006. Ms. Ayvazian's ROSEMARY AND I had productions at Metro Stage in Alexandria, Virginia and at the Passage Theatre in 2005, with Blair Brown as director. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Leslie has taught playwriting as a guest artist at Oberlin College, Smith College, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, the Stella Adler Studio, Drew University, NYU and others. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she taught playwriting in the Master's program. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a Vineyard Theatre Artist.
Barbara Sloan is no stranger to New Theatre having performed in last season's Raised in Captivity. Other credits at New Theatre include: Kissing, A Nervous Smile, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, and in Mario Diament's The Book of Ruth, Blind Date and Lost Tango, Michael McKeever's A Town Like Irving, as well as Far East, Madame Melville, and as Vivian Bearing in Wit. She has performed in numerous productions across South Florida garnering five Carbonell Nominations. Three of those nominations were for her roles at New Theatre, as well as 2 New Theatre Awards for Wit and The Diaries. Other favorite plays include THUMBS (Actor's Playhouse), the one woman show 2.5 Minute Ride (Mosaic Theater), Strange Snow, The Real Thing, and Burn This (GableStage) and The Disputation (Coconut Grove Playhouse).
Ricky J. Martinez (Director) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. New Theatre
audiences witnessed Martinez's direction recently in Raised in Captivity, Equus,
The Hour of the Tiger, 26 Miles, In Development, Mauritius, The Glass Menagerie,
Kissing, The Gates of Choice, The Rant, The Mission, A Nervous Smile, For
Better..., and Likeness. He has also directed previous season's Melt, Sin Full
Heaven, Just a Kiss, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Lincolnesque, Madagascar,
Paradise, Day of Reckoning and the three short plays for New Theatre's annual
fundraiser event, Miami Stories. Some of his directorial credits in South Florida
includes: Bump, Retch, One More Cloudy Day, Jack, the Bitter Tears of Petra van
Kant, The Stronger, and he has staged some of his own multi-media productions
such as Postlude 1, .EPAR, Concerning Phaedra, Snow and ED.L for Coral
Castle. Younger audiences have seen his work as director & choreographer on
Captain Nemo, Narnia, Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Ferdinand the Bull, The
Secret Garden at Actor's Playhouse and Hollywood Playhouse, the latter of which
he was the Artistic Director for Imagination Theatre's for Young Audiences. Other
credits included on the Staff page.
Vanessa L. Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be back with her
New Theatre family. She has been on New Theatre's stage in the World Premiere
of David Caudle's Likeness and most recently in the critically acclaimed Equus this past season. She has also been an Assistant Stage Manager for several productions and worked at the Box Office in the past. She is thrilled to be our new
Production Stage Manager having made her debut with the 25th
Anniversary Season opener, The Tempest, Jack Goes Boating and Fizz. Special thanks to her partner Stephanie and dear friends Eileen and Ricky!